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Dear Parents,

We wanted to give you some resources that you are able to have for your child while they are home. These are not mandatory, however, we are trying to provide ways for students to remain engaged in their learning during this difficult time and to let you know that we are thinking about each of you and your precious families during this time apart. We do not expect you to be the Pre-K through 5th Grade teachers! However, we wanted to encourage you by sharing some important activities that can be done at home to build oral language skills while talking about books when reading together with your child. It’s as easy as that! Please know that we are here for you and willing to answer any questions that we can, should you have them. Mrs. Theisen, our literacy director shared some valuable things that can be done below.

  • Read to your child and with your child (chorally)
  • Talk about the text, the vocabulary and prior knowledge.
  • Say one sentence and have your child practice writing that same sentence on paper. This allows your child to practice letter sounds, estimated spelling and punctuation.
  • Ask comprehension questions while reading with your child like:
  • oWhat is the author trying to say?
  • oWhy do you think the author used that phrase(s)?
  • oDoes this make sense to you?
  • Keep a daily log or journal on the days at home. These journals might include activities, memories, feelings, fears, drawings, and parent responses as well. Once students return to school, children can share their diaries/journals.
  • Put on closed captions on your TV when watching children’s shows to practice reading.

As always, if we can be of help during this trying time, don’t hesitate. Our teachers are checking their emails and will be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding the resources shared below. Most of all, take a moment, relax and breathe. We will get through this…together.

Keeping you all close in our thoughts during this time,

Mrs. Gilbert